5 Ways to Speed up Your Computer
It’s easy to keep your computer happy for years without forking out hundreds or thousands of dollars to get a new one. There are several things you can do throughout your computer’s life to help the overall performance. We’ve nailed down 5 sure ways to help your computer be more like a McLaren and less of a Dodge Neon.
Remove the Fluff
Every time you startup your computer, it pokes around its database for installed applications it can preload. This helps programs start faster, but if a large number of programs need to preload, startup could go from seconds to minutes. Check the web to know which programs you can stop from doing this (be careful, choosing the wrong program could ruin your computer), and then follow these steps:
1. Click start and go to Run
2. Type in MSCONFIG in the box
3. Click the Startup tab
4. The list shows you what programs are preloaded during startup. Simply click the box to uncheck the programs you want to stop from booting up.
Defrag—Once in a While
Under certain circumstances, defragging a hard drive can have a noticeable effect on how well your system works. Continually installing and uninstalling programs, saving and deleting files, or downloading files from the internet creates small gaps on the drive and new information is no longer stored in blocks, but in random areas known as partitions. Defrag your hard drive when:
- You’ve added a large number of files.
- Any disk analysis shows you have less than 15 percent defragged.
- You install larger applications or an operating system.
Only defragment periodically. Once you are relatively defragmented, doing it again just isn’t worth it.
Phones, tablets, and computers come from their manufacturers with applications you will never use, and it’s annoying. Even reputable programs like Norton 360 have more features than you would ever use, which slow down your computer. Use uninstall software to pick these programs off your hard drive and remove them forever. They won’t be back.
Free Up Disk Space
Sometimes, your computer’s hard drive needs a good cleanse. Disk cleanup is a nice tool for this occasion. It will:
- Remove temporary internet files. These take up quite a bit of space.
- Empty the Recycle Bin. Make sure there isn’t anything in there you need.
- Delete programs you haven’t used in a while.
- Remove Windows Temporary files. These can come from places like Word, Excel, and error reports.
- Backup files you rarely access.
Operating System Updates
Windows is infamous for putting out lots and lots of updates. The service packs, OS, and security updates seem like an everyday thing! While many of these updates address security flaws or fix other bugs, not all of them are required. Do some research to see what your computer actually needs and turn off your automatic updates and only update if there is a major release. If you don’t engage in risky behavior online (downloading torrents or visiting questionable sites), you should be ok.
Computers can make life easier, or they can make life miserable. If you’re like us, you want life to be easy. Take the time, do some research, and see how you can make your computer purr instead of putter.